Look me in the eye and tell me Gigi Hadid isn’t wearing blackface AGAIN for Vogue Italia
If ya’ll wanna be cancelled so bad, just say so
by Ari Bines
In today's episode of white people culturally appropriating, Gigi Hadid in what looks like blackface is the subject gracing this month's Vogue Italia cover. Last night, Gigi Hadid posted a preview of its May issue and quite frankly, the "deep tan" they photoshopped on her came straight out of a minstrel show.
Some of the comments under the photo showed a helluva lot of confusion and a whole lot of anger.
This isn't the first time Gigi and the Vogue franchise has been under fire for culturally appropriating though. Apparently, the photographer involved in Gigi's photoshoot is the very same who dressed model Lara Stone in Vogue France.
The same photographer doing blackface with Gigi Hadid for @VogueIta and blackface with Lara Stone for @VogueFrance. Also did the ableist shoot with Kylie Jenner in a wheelchair. Can nothing stop racist baby boomer men from being cancelled? Srsly the worst generation #GigiHadid pic.twitter.com/1HoUmvzgfy
— Claire Woods (@ClaireWoods22) May 3, 2018
This was Blackface Gigi circa 2015
gigi hadid doing blackface for Vogue Italia 2015/2018 pic.twitter.com/qSi1CTjDK3
— 🥂 (@blancapadillla) May 2, 2018
So compare for yourself how she looked on both her Vogue Italia covers, and how she looks IRL:
This isn't the only time Gigi has been set on fire for culturally appropriating. We've rounded up a list of times in which she's done something racially ignorant, so what's really good Gij?
And right on cue, Twitter went off
In case you can’t tell who that is, it’s Gigi Hadid, who has been edited into another person and given such a deep “””tan””” that it’s insulting to even try to pretend that it’s not blackface.
— Christy Somos (@C_Somos) May 3, 2018
Not sure what @voguemagazine was thinking? Photoshopped @GiGiHadid to the point where she no longer looks like herself and can totally see why people are calling it blackface. What are ya'll doing?? pic.twitter.com/UctM5xJxsN
— Kaila Karns (@Kaila_Karns) May 3, 2018
Wait, is that rly Gigi Hadid in blackface? If so, I don't recognize her..this is history repeating itself…the way it was in the 50s and 60s and that entire era. It's really scary tbh…I'm Hispanic but I'm really light skinned, ppl confuse me & think I'm Italian or Caucasian https://t.co/BpCIIE17vC
— Fierce Butterfly (@wisdomthrulife) May 2, 2018
Had to go ahead and unfollow @GiGiHadid because she’s out here walking the fine line between spray tan and blackface and it’s just not for me ….
— Esi (@MirParadiseLost) May 2, 2018
Sozzani's Vogue Italia made history with The All Black Issue, calling out the lack of diversity in the industry. Farneti's Vogue Italia gave us black face GiGi Hadid. Shame. pic.twitter.com/fayrtJxG0g
— A.🕯 (@septemburissue) May 2, 2018
this is the second time vogue darkened gigi hadid's whiteass features. do yall want to get cancelled so bad? just say so pic.twitter.com/hh3Fsfc7rF
— 🔥🔥🔥 (@wrohgon) May 2, 2018
are you going to apologize for being in blackface?
— efay (@fallback__) May 2, 2018
What's astonishing about this is how many times in recent years Vogue Italia has been accused of blackface and cultural appropriation. Yet it keeps. happening. https://t.co/fLhAkoxv7S
— Niki Blasina (@NikiBlasina) May 3, 2018
You can call it overly tanning all you want, but the fact remains that this is altering of skin tone is simply to sell a book full of ads. All I can say is certain people (Gigi) haven't learned a whole lot on why it’s completely fucked.
UPDATE: Gigi has taken down the Vogue cover from her instagram and uploaded and apology to her Instagram story:
"Please understand that my control of a shoot 1. is non existent in terms of creative direction 2. ends completely when I leave set, and anything done to a photo in post is out of my control fully," she wrote. "BUT, although I understand waht Vogue Italia's intentions were, it was not executed correctly, and the concerns that have been brought up are valid."
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